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In loving memory A memorial service was recently held for the murdered Bronx nightclub owner, Bruno Bronn, at Green Point Park. Bronn was found dead in his home on Tuesday 7 February, and four suspects were arrested. Here his brother Reinier is comforted by one of the many friends and relatives who attended. Photo: Lulama Zenzile

Chapman’s Peak protest conD tinues TERESA FISCHER

ESPITE setbacks to the protest against the Chapman’s Peak toll plaza and building, protester Bronwen Lankers-Byrne says she is feeling more resolute than ever.

This after concrete for the foundations was poured on Wednesday night. During the day, Lankers-Byrne and Fiona Hinds handcuffed themselves to the site, thwarting construction work. Last Monday, Hinds was arrested for alleged malicious damage to property. She appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court, and the case was postponed. Lankers-Byrne eventually uncuffed herself, after she was served with a

high court order at 21:00. Police visited her three times before she was handed the court order, ordering her to cease “illegally occupying” the construction site. The Hout Bay resident, who went on a 15-day hunger strike, is still continuing a vigil opposite the site where protesters are canvassing support for their campaign. Over 8 000 people have signed the petition. Meanwhile, Transport MEC Robin Carlisle has responded to recent press reports that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was “stepping in” on the matter of tolling on Chapman’s Peak Drive. Carlisle says: “Table Mountain is part of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site. Unesco has identified the

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started wearing an African print dress in Hout Bay. One of the workers knew her by this name and it caught on. Share your views by joining the Protect Chapman’s Peak Movement’s group on Facebook.

TAKING ITS TOLL: Fiona Hinds was arrested last Monday and charged with alleged malicious damage to property. She appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court. Photo: Nasief Manie

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kykNet Fiestas winners dazzle T

HE kykNET Fiestas is the jewel in the crown of the TV-channel’s commitment to the development of the Afrikaans arts, culture and entertainment landscape.

CHARMING: Vicky Davis and her partner danced the night away.

PROUD: Bobby and Annatjie van Jaarsveld. Photos: Jacobus Snyman

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The winners of the second annual kykNET Fiestas were announced on Thursday during an extravaganza of note at Artscape. The sought-after golden statue was awarded in 16 categories to the best of the best artists and productions which debuted at festivals countrywide last year. The gangs-in-prison drama Rooiland won four accolades after being nominated in six categories. Rooiland’s Brendon Daniels received the prize for best actor, Jaco Bouwer for best director, Bouwer and Tertius Kapp for best new Afrikaans production and Kapp again for best upcoming artist. Prizes were also awarded to the open air production Lot, after it was nominated

in six categories. Lot received the award for best production, Neels van Jaarsveld for best supporting actor and Nicola Hanekom for best theatre design. The annual Afrikaans arts festival, Innibos, held annually in Nelspruit, was voted 2011’s best festival. South African icons Louis van Niekerk, Mimi Coertse and Elsa Joubert were honoured with lifetime achievement awards for their exceptional contributions to theatre, music and literature respectively. Karen Meiring, channel head for kykNET, says the judges attended arts festivals countrywide and experienced each production first hand and on its home ground before nominations were made. In between the announcement of category winners, the audience was entertained by a diverse and star-studded line-up of performers. Amongst others, the evening featured a poetry reading by Antjie Krog, a performance by Steve

Hofmeyr, an Afrikaans duet by Clare Johnston and Vusi Mahlasela and the popular pairing-up of Jack Parow and David Kramer. The Fiestas are already being referred to as the Oscars of Afrikaans theatre. In its short lifespan the kykNET Fiestas have gone from strength to strength to become a benchmark for creative excellence in Afrikaans arts and culture. If this year is anything to go by, they eagerly anticipate new and innovative creations from artists next year and will continue to recognise and celebrate their talent. A special broadcast of the Fiestas awards show will be broadcast on Thursday 1 March at 19:30 on kykNET channel 111 on DStv.

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PROPOSED NAME CHANGES AFFECTING STREETS, PUBLIC PLACES AND COUNCIL OWNED BUILDINGS

In 2007 the City of Cape Town commenced a public process for the naming and renaming of streets, buildings and public places. Proposals were received from the public and were then assessed by a Panel of Experts. After consideration, the Panel of Experts recommended 31 naming proposals be approved and implemented by Council. Council suspended the process for the purposes of further public consultation on the recommendations. In the past few months the City has implemented four name changes. This is your chance to comment on the naming proposals listed in the table below, before a final recommendation is made to Council. PRESENT NAME

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Milner Road (Tamboerskloof)

Uys Krige Road

Uys Krige was a Cape born poet, playwright and author of short stories and travelogues.

Milner Road (Sea Point)

Ingrid Jonker Street

Ingrid Jonker was a local poet, who championed the cause of the poor and the lot of black South Africans. She took her own life by drowning at Three Anchor Bay in July 1965.

Residents living along these streets will be canvassed for their opinions by means of a door-to-door survey process, which will take place before the end of March 2012. PLEASE NOTE: Comments must include motivations for or against the above naming proposals. Comment forms can be obtained from your nearest subcouncil office or at www.capetown.gov.za/naming Forms must be completed and submitted no later than 31 March 2012 via: E-mail: naming@capetown.gov.za Fax: 021 400 1465 Post: Public Participation Unit, PO Box 298, Cape Town 8000 For further information or assistance in your language of choice, please contact Ruche Daniels (English) on 021 400 1766, Anele Viti (Xhosa) on 021 400 1652 or Frederick Venter (Afrikaans) on 021 400 1768. Follow us on ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER 17-11/2012

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Concern surrounds local carnival move I MELISSA LE ROUX

T’S that time of the year where the Cape Town Carnival adorns the streets of the CBD with colourful floats, vivacious dancers and an energetic atmosphere – but not everyone is as excited about the annual event.

This year, the carnival will take place on the Fan Walk, starting from Chiapini Street and ending in York Street, on Saturday 24 March. Even though the new location of the Cape Town Carnival will better accommodate the large volume of expected crowds, there are some concerns around the move. Ward councillor Dave Bryant says that his major worries are around traffic and residents not being able to access their streets or leave their homes. “There are existing parking agreements in place in the form of parking discs, which allows people to park on the roads. Without these discs it would be difficult for them to find parking,” he says. There was plenty of discussion pending the move from Long Street to the Fan Walk, and included many different organisations’ input. Cape Town Carnival’s Operational Manager, Anthea Metcalfe, says that the City of Cape Town felt that the carnival had outgrown Long Street and that it was time to move on to greater horizons. “Last year the carnival was packed – about 60 000 to 70 000 people were present. From a risk assessment point of view the location wasn’t feasible. We expect the amount of spectators to increase rapidly and Long Street wouldn’t be able to accommodate this. If something were to happen, law enforcement officers wouldn’t be able to get through,” she says. The Cape Town Carnival consists of 1 700 participants all dressed in costume, dancing to mu-

sic and parading along the Fan Walk. They will perform along Somerset Road,accessing the Fan Walk from the bridge over Buitengracht Road and ending at the underpass opposite York Street. Ward councillor Beverley Schäfer says that the Fan Walk would be “perfect” for the carnival. “This location would attract a greater amount of people and would be easier to access. It’s a great family event and I think it’s going to be amazing. The roads have a dual carriage system – one for floats and the other for pedestrians – providing ample space for everyone,” she says. The chairperson of the De Waterkant Civic Association, Norbert Furnon-Roberts, says that after last year’s event, SAPS declared it to be unmanageable due to the venue. However, he is keen to see how the carnival will turn out and hopes that it proceeds with minimal effect on surrounding areas. “The organisers have done a lot of ground work and came to the conclusion that this venue is more appropriate. Concerns such as what the traffic situation will look like and what kind of road closures there will be are high on our list. Residents should be informed about it as soon as possible,” he says.

CHAOS: The ANC memorial lecture held at the Good Hope Centre on Thursday in memory of former ANC president Sefako Makgatho was marred by the arrest of two people for public disorder. It was initially alleged that the disruption, which occurred during President Jacob Zuma’s centenary speech, was by a duo from the ANC Youth League, but the group’s spokesperson, Floyd Shavambu, lays the blame squarely at the party’s doorstep. “The ANCYL is concerned by the manner in which ANC members in the Western Cape disrupted the lecture,” he says. Photo: Edrea Cloete

Display your parking permits TWO events bringing thousands of people into the Green Point area in March are the Cape Argus Pick ’n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday 11 March and Cape Town Carnival on Saturday 24 March. The council will honour the Green Point Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association parking permits, and in order for residents to park outside their homes, they must display these discs. The association’s permit system will be in operation on both these days. Residents need to ensure that the discs are displayed on Saturday 24 March, as sections of the Main Road and Somerset Road will be closed.

Residents who live in roads that will be totally cut off by the Cape Town Carnival, such as Wessels and Vesperdene roads, will be given special oneday passes issued at the Cape Town Carnival office. Traffic controllers will be on duty to ensure their access. Green Point residents wanting to obtain residents’ parking permits can contact the association at parking@gprra.co.za.

Invitation to comment on new proposed street names FANCY living in Govan Mbeki Drive or giving directions from Imam Haron Road? Have your say on proposed name changes at one of the public meetings scheduled for coming weeks at venues across Cape Town. These public meetings will be interactive and affected suburbs will be informed of the reasons for the proposed name changes. A Naming Committee was convened last year under the chairmanship of the Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, Brett Herron, to manage naming and renaming of streets, buildings and public places within the city.

This committee will look at new name change proposals, as well as a series of suggested name changes remaining from previous years. “In 2007, the City received a set of 31 proposed new names, of which four have been implemented. We invite the public to comment on the remaining 27 name changes before a proposal is made to council,” said Herron. The proposed name changes will be subjected to a thorough public participation process. Public meetings will be held to offer communities every opportunity to comment.

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Seven of the streets proposed for renaming cut across multiple sub-councils and wards, impacting a city-wide target group. These streets will require a more rigorous public participation process. The seven streets are: . Hendrik Verwoerd Drive . Jip de Jager Street . Vanguard Drive . Lansdowne Road . Jan Smuts Drive . NY1 in Gugulethu . Willie van Schoor Drive “The process to change street names will be

as inclusive as possible. We will distribute localised pamphlets in every street where a name change is proposed, and provide as much information on the process as possible. If anyone is directly affected by a street name change we want to give them the chance to comment,” he said. All comments must be submitted by 31 March and should include a motivation.


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Designing Cape Town’s future to 12:30. Mayor Patricia de Lille will open the function with an address to the participants of the forum. By hosting this event, Cape Town will be edging out short-listed cities Dublin and Bilbao. Cape Town is the first city from the developing world to

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PROPOSED NAME CHANGES AFFECTING STREETS, PUBLIC PLACES AND COUNCIL OWNED BUILDINGS

In 2007 the City of Cape Town commenced a public process for the naming and renaming of streets, buildings and public places. Proposals were received from the public and were then assessed by a Panel of Experts. After consideration, the Panel of Experts recommended 31 naming proposals be approved and implemented by Council. Council suspended the process for the purposes of further public consultation on the recommendations. In the past few months the City has implemented four name changes. This is your chance to comment on the naming proposals listed in the table below, before a final recommendation is made to Council. PRESENT NAME

PROPOSED NAME

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Coen Steytler Avenue (Cape Town CBD)

Walter Sisulu Avenue

Walter Sisulu was one of the most important leaders of the ANC, a Rivonia Trialist and Robben Island prisoner.

DF Malan Street (Cape Town CBD)

David Poole Street

David Poole played a major role in establishing arts and culture in Cape Town; he was active in ballet and promoted the participation of marginalised people in the arts.

Milner Street (Metro Industrial Township)

Jan Rabie Street

Jan Rabie was a local novelist, translator and poet who strongly opposed apartheid policies.

Port Road (Cape Town CBD - Waterfront)

Fort Amsterdam Road

The Fort Amsterdam Battery was built in 1784 and protected the Cape Town settlement and shipping routes for 130 years.

Residents living along these streets will be canvassed for their opinions by means of a door-to-door survey process, which will take place before the end of March 2012.

PUBLIC MEETING Residents are invited to a public meeting on the naming proposals for major roads and arterials as detailed above. VENUE: DATE: TIME:

Council Chambers, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town CBD 27 March 2012 11:00 – 14:00

PLEASE NOTE: Comments must include motivations for or against the above naming proposals. Comment forms can be obtained from your nearest subcouncil office or at www.capetown.gov.za/naming Forms must be completed and submitted no later than 31 March 2012 via: E-mail: naming@capetown.gov.za Fax: 021 400 1465 Post: Public Participation Unit, PO Box 298, Cape Town 8000 For further information or assistance in your language of choice, please contact Ruche Daniels (English) on 021 400 1766, Anele Viti (Xhosa) on 021 400 1652 or Frederick Venter (Afrikaans) on 021 400 1768. Follow us on

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USINESSES are encouraged to make use of students from further education and training colleges seeking work placement to combat the shortage of adequately qualified staff. Thanks to the College of Cape Town, these students can be tried out at no cost to companies, while at the same time giving the employee the opportunity to develop their skills for a short period. As work placement officers, the college’s assignment is to place students who are registered for their Vocational National Certificate, National Diploma and other college programmes with employers for periods of workplace-based experience and in-service training. The college’s goal is to place students for between five and 10 consecutive days in each year of study for workplacebased experience and 18 months for inservice training. During these placements, employers are asked to orientate students to their companies and allow

them to work alongside employees doing jobs related to the students’ field of study. By hosting students, employers get a chance to influence the training that the college provides and slant it more towards the needs of the industry. Employers can also get points on their company’s BEE scorecard. Should a company be willing to host two or more of its students, the college would gladly assist by facilitating the placement process. Workplace-based experience placement for the Vocational National Certificate occurs during the April, June/July and September/October vacations. Inservice work placement for National Diploma students are scheduled for November/December. These experiential training sessions are aligned with the Department of Higher Education and Training’s requirements. No financial contribution is expected from the host employer for workplace-based experience.

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university for a LLB degree in order to qualify as a lawyer. This year, the school will continue to offer its highly regarded paralegal course, which is the most comprehensive and in-depth paralegal programme offered by any private paralegal school. In addition to the required modules that make up the national qualification, the school offers seven additional law modules to supplement the training learners receive. Meanwhile, the property market should continue to recover. The South African Law School’s Conveyancing and Finances course – a highly successful intensive programme – will graduate conveyancing paralegals at just the right time. The Conveyancing programme includes 12 training sessions in the school’s dedicated computer training room on the GhostConvey software – the software most widely used in the conveyancing process. The Law School is one of the few schools in the country accredited to provide training for the CIS qualifications and will be offering training for level 1 of the CIS qualification in on both a part-time and full-time basis. Part-time training will be conduct-

ed on Saturday mornings. The CIS qualification leads to a lifetime career in corporate governance. Corporate Governance professionals are highly sought-after and the qualification is recognised internationally. The school’s Administration of Deceased Estates course is a 14week intensive programme which covers the process of administering deceased estates from beginning to end. The course opens doors to a lifelong career, or self employment, as an administrator of deceased estates. The course is offered part-time on Saturday mornings. Full details of the South African Law Schools courses, training schedules and tuition payment plans are available at www.lawschool.co.za. Alternatively, email info@lawschool.co.za or phone (021) 418 4355.


NEWS

Tuesday 28 February 2012

PEDAL ON: Premier Helen Zille and other government officials faced off with a MyCiti bus and a car on Wednesday in a race to determine which mode of transport was quickest. The challenge started in Table View and ended in the Cape Town CBD. The cyclists arrived in the city nine minutes after the bus, which cruised into the city centre in 40 minutes. Photo: Edrea Du Toit

Driving schools face scrutiny MAKE SURE your driving instructor has the necessary documentation authorising him to teach you the rules of the road – and that he is charging you an acceptable fee.

Traffic officers will be conducting inspections on driving schools and instructors to target dishonest businesses which conduct K53 driver tuition without the necessary accreditation. All driving schools and instructors must have an instructor’s certificate that verifies that the instructor is competent in the instruction of K53 driver training. Applicants who are trained by uncertified driving school instructors often fail their driving licence tests because of the inadequate level of training received, the municipal traffic department warns. These businesses often charge exorbitant fees and by teaching the learner drivers incorrectly, contribute to endangering the lives of innocent road users.

Traffic Services enforcement teams will be intensifying its focus on driving instructors, with a special emphasis placed on enforcement around the Driving License Testing Centres across Cape Town. The department encourages all learner drivers to use the services of reputable driving schools for driver training. Driving schools and instructors must be in possession of a valid instructor’s certificate, a valid driving licence for the particular class of vehicle and a roadworthy vehicle. For more information visit the City’s Licensing and Motor Vehicle Registration website on www.capetown.gov.za/vehiclelicensing, or contact the City’s call centre on 086 010 3089. The site features a list of registration offices, a “Frequently Asked Questions” section and an online vehicle licence payment facility.

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Budget blues

THE Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, delivered his third full budget speech in parliament on Wednesday where he shared government’s financial plan to initiate, among others, R6.2 billion for job creation; tax breaks to support non-retirement savings; and relief in the form of tax incentives to help small and microbusinesses. However, it’s the changes in sin tax and fuel levies which have set tongues wagging. People’s Post took to the streets to hear your thoughts.

SPEND IT WELL: “I’m a big smoker and I think the price increase in alcohol and cigarettes is fantastic, because it is wrong to be smoking and drinking. I would feel happier if I knew the tax we pay on these items was put to good use,” says Mrs Kyne, who was spotted with her dog, Eta.

EXTERNAL FORCES: John Lawrence says: “I don’t think the government has much control on tax hikes because there are a lot of external forces at play, so we just have to comply.”

DRIVING NO MORE: Mr Ryklief from Heathfield feels that prices are getting out of hand. “Petrol is too expensive. I have a car that I can’t afford to drive,” he says.

DOMINO EFFECT: “I feel that as a youngster I can’t do much socialising because everything is just so expensive. I’m not a driver, yet the petrol increases affects me too because once it goes up, everything else goes up,” says Charnay Martin.

Fire plan to be reintroduced

Five years ago, we managed to convert millions of South Africans to using CFL energy saving lightbulbs and saved you money. Now, five years later, we’re back to change your energy savers that have reached the end of their life. Continue to use energy savers to collectively save South Africa’s energy. Energy saving lightbulbs have an environmental benefit because they cut your lighting cost by using less electricity and last up to eight times longer, resulting in a reduction in greenhouse gases. The small amount of mercury that energy saving lightbulbs contain is almost used up by the time the lightbulb is ready for disposal. So try not to break the lamp and dispose of CFLs at participating retailers.

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SMOKE DETECTION cameras which were in operation three years ago will be reintroduced in a bid to reduce the devastation a fire can cause. The camera system forms an integral part of Fire and Rescue Services’ commitment to responding to fires as quickly as possible, explains JP Smith, the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, who continues that the department constantly explores ways in which technology can make the response more efficient. The camera system is designed to detect and plot the location of fire and smoke within a radius of 5km from the camera’s location. The information is then transmitted to the Fire and Rescue Services’ Command and Control Centre in Goodwood, where the location is plotted on a map and the necessary vehicles dispatched to the incident. There are currently six cameras across the city, including the V&A Waterfront, Muizenberg’s Cinebar Flats and at the Cape Town International Airport. Plans are afoot to expand the system to an additional five areas, including the King’s Blockhouse – to cover the Mowbray to Woodstock areas – and Hout Bay for the Suikerbossie area. The fire and smoke detection camera system is used worldwide, with the American Forestry Department making extensive use of it in dense forest areas.

It’s all an illusion ILLUSIONIST Wayne Houchin and his wife, Fran, are set to perform Africa’s first ever dual upside down straitjacket escape whilst hanging 30m above ground, without safety nets and suspended from cranes at the V&A Waterfront on Friday 2 March at 13:00. The gravity-defying act will be at the Pierhead area near Hildebrand and Den Anker. The American endurance artists have performed their variation of legendary escape artist Houdini’s most famous and dangerous illusion all over the world. “Most people would consider escaping from a regulation straitjacket while hanging 30m above the ground impossible. To be a magician is to accomplish the impossible and we look forward to achieving this feat in South Africa,” says Wayne. The daring escape forms part of the South African Magic Championships and is a teaser for Wayne’s highly anticipated performance at the College of Magic’s Stars of Comedy and Magic Gala Show at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday 4 March. The College of Magic is a non-profit magical arts organisation and the only one of its kind in the world. The show is a one-night-only fundraising for the College of Magic’s Community Outreach Programmes – a place where the youth of Cape Town can escape from the harsh realities of poverty and crime and enter a world of promise and hope. Audiences will also be entertained by the likes of top comedians Riaad Moosa, star of SA’s hit new movie Material, Alan Committie, Stuart Taylor; ventriloquist Conrad Koch and a host of specialty acts. Tickets for the Stars of Comedy and Magic Gala Show are R160. Book now at Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or www.computicket.com


NEWS

Tuesday 28 February 2012

BIG SPLASH: Camps Bay High School recently held its annual inter-house swimming gala and in keeping with tradition, all the matric learners jumped into the pool to mark the final water-sport event of their school career. Photo: Kiri Roussopoulos

You have the power DO YOU turn a blind eye to sneaky-looking people eyeing the local electricity infrastructure? Start taking a special interest as damage to electrical infrastructure will have a negative effect on you and your neighbourhood.

Unnecessary damage caused to the electricity network, street kiosks, distribution boxes and other electrical equipment as a result of cable theft and wilful damage causes a disruption of electricity while also creating potentially dangerous situations, especially for children. The cost to repair this damage, and the resultant loss of income, means that there is less funding available for new electrical infrastructure, the City of Cape Town’s electricity department warns. In addition, electricity tariffs are forced to increase due to unnecessary expenditure. Theft of cables from live networks, besides being lifethreatening to the perpetrator, can cause electrical surges on the network which could damage the appliances of other electricity consumers. The City, generally, does not entertain claims

in such cases, as it is not responsible for these system surges. Tampering with meters is an offence in terms of the Electricity Supply By-law and those caught having tampered or bypassed the City’s meters will have to pay for all the costs incurred to reinstate the meter to an operational state. The perpetrators will be required to pay to have their meter moved to a new location, and the City will also recover lost income. The department has teams which carry out ongoing inspections of meters. Report all instances of vandalism where tampering with meters is suspected by sending an SMS to 31220 and provide details of the incident. Blow the whistle on cable or equipment theft by phoning 0800 222 771. All information received will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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People’s Post Atlantic Seaboard-City Edition Page 11

Municipal trains and how the City shot itself in the foot TONY ROBINSON

IN the days when R1 million was real money, the Cape Town municipality regarded itself as extremely fortunate not to be saddled with a municipal transport system that chewed up money.

Both Johannesburg and Durban had good municipal bus services but they ran at huge annual losses. Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, on the other hand, had a private company, City Tramways (now Golden Arrow), which provided good services at no cost to the ratepayers. And, on top of that, Cape Town had a suburban railway service that worked. Things have changed. The train service is a mess and getting worse all the time. Golden Arrow still functions well but it no longer provides the city-wide service of old. Now, most people from the affluent areas use private cars for commuting. The whole public transport system is unco-ordinated and inefficient, and to make matters worse, we now have a lawless taxi industry that

has so far defied all attempts at regulation despite increasing passenger fatalities. Transnet’s problem, in a word, is passengers. They evade fares, crowd the coaches, complain when trains are late and take out their frustration by wrecking the carriages. Coal, iron ore and general freight, on the other hand, make docile cargoes. That’s the business to be in. One can understand why Transnet can’t wait to get rid of the whole sorry mess. The train service will require a massive capital injection (which the city hopes will come from government) to bring it up to a reasonable operational standard. The second problem is that the staff will want municipal salaries and benefits and that will hugely increase running costs. Council management will be the most expensive possible way to run the service. Then there is the City’s inexperience in matters of public transport. The municipality may be proud of what it is doing with MyCiTi but we don’t yet know the real costs. If MyCiTi had been a private venture it would have gone bankrupt long ago. One can’t have dozens of expensive buses standing idle for

The City of Cape Town responds

TONY Robinson is the public relations officer for the Cape Chamber of Commerce, and has a long history as a writer on municipal affairs. Therefore, one would imagine that he would have a far better grasp of the issues and complexities around public transport in Cape Town and South Africa. He contradicts his client, Michael Bagraim, President of the Cape Regional Chamber of Commerce, who recently agreed with the vision of Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin that the various elements of public transport, including rail, buses and taxis should be integrated. Like any modern, successful city in the world, we have an obligation to develop an integrated public transport system that gives everyone the opportunity to travel in comfort and safety. His suggestion that Council ought to be “astute” and avoid taking responsibility to its ratepayers and visitors for a functioning public transport service is worrying; and reflects an attitude that does not belong in an inclusive, caring, efficient and opportunity city. Instead, that kind of response to the mobility needs of the vast majority of our residents perpetuates division and exclusion and prioritises the privileged few who can afford a car over those who rely on public transport to meet their daily needs. To see people, who want to travel to work to earn a living as a “problem” articulates a narrow view based on a vision for this city that this administration does not share.

It would however be astute of Council to integrate all forms of transport to afford all its people the ability to improve their lives, by being able to travel to work, to look for work, or merely to enjoy the city in which they live. This administration is committed to building a sustainable, multi-modal, integrated public transport service which will be made up of passenger rail, bus rapid transit, scheduled bus services, mini bus taxis and non-motorised transport. We are taking important but well considered steps to get there, always mindful that we need to balance the sustainability of the city-region with the requirements of a meaningful public transport service which serves the entire city. In the context of establishing the city as the single public transport authority (in accordance with the aims of the National Land Transport Act) we have made substantial progress on a number of fundamental functions including the devolution of the bus subsidies and the assignment of the minibus taxi licensing to the city. The missing piece has been the passenger rail function. It would be impossible for the city to implement a fully integrated public transport service without being in a position to plan for passenger rail services and then ensure the implementation of that plan. The vision depends on a fully integrated functional public transport service which responds to the unique requirements of each local government’s economic, spatial and social plan.

Lace up for annual 10km Big Walk SUMMER JACOBS

IT’S THAT time of the year when Capetonians lace up for the annual 10km Big Walk. Regarded as one of Cape Town’s biggest family events, the walk will take place on Sunday 4 March outside Cape Town Stadium. The Big Walk has approximately 20 000 entrants annually, the largest capacity manageable within the Sea Point area. Starting at the stadium in Green Point, participants walk along Beach Road and back. Participants are encouraged to bring along family and friends to give it a community feel. “People of all ages can enter. We’ve had a baby of just under a

month entered into the walk and the mother attached the entry number to the pram,” said media and communication liaison officer Mahmood Sanglay. Prizes up for grabs include an overseas trip, a full college training course, laptop, TV, walking shoes and much more. However, as the walk is family orientated, organisers try to prevent competitiveness. Thus, a lucky draw is held in which all entrants can participate. The entry fee is R20. To enter online visit www.topevents.co.za

nearly a year before bringing them into service and still expect to be viable! And the airport bus service with its two or three passengers per trip would bleed most young companies to death. But the city has shot itself in the foot. The eagerness to expand its municipal empire has already undermined its negotiation position. The city should be protesting that it will need massive subsidies and that it has no experience, that the learning curve will be expensive and that while it might be prepared to save Transnet’s bacon, it will need this, that, the other and much more. That approach might secure an acceptable deal. Instead, we have unbridled enthusiasm from our civic politicians who are biting off a lot more than they know how to chew. It’s a bit like the dog that chases cars all day long but what would it do if it actually caught one? Send in the clowns, I say.

And all three spheres of government share that bigger vision. The City of Cape Town has one of the most extensive urban networks in the country and about 600 000 people a day are dependent on Metrorail for their daily commute. If it is allowed to deteriorate further, and collapse completely, the consequences for every individual resident, and all of us collectively as Capetonians, will be dire. This does not mean that we are rushing in, unconstrained, to take over Metrorail and start operating a passenger rail service. We have been engaging with the national and provincial departments over the past few months during which time we have proposed that we be authorised, and assisted, to conduct a due diligence investigation of the regional Metrorail operations, fare revenue and rail subsidy. This study would help us make an informed decision about the state of the Metrorail operations and the feasibility of the city assuming authority over the management of the service in the future. We are not ignoring the recapitalisation of the rolling stock, the replacement of the signaling system, the failure of the service’s access control, nor the safety and security issues. All of these issues, and many others, will be part of any agreement the city concludes. It is absurd to believe that we plan to burden the city’s finances before resolving these issues. We are happy to announce that more than 27 000 commuters are satisfied enough with the expanding MyCiTi service to have acquired myconnect travel cards.

The MyCiTi airport service carries a lot more than Mr Robinson’s “two or three” passengers per trip. More than 12 000 people used the service in December 2011 alone. We acknowledge that the airport service has the capacity to carry many more passengers. This is borne out by the fact that every month we are seeing a steady but consistent increase in its patronage. Efficient public transport is critical to improving resident’s lives, including relief from the traffic congestion, reduction in our carbon footprint and a reduction of air pollution. Mr Robinson should free his range of vision from its narrow confines to see a bigger picture and work with the council as it strives to serve all the people of and visitors to our beautiful city. – Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee member for transport, roads and stormwater.

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JAX were made to rue their missed chances in the Cape derby on Saturday night when local rivals Santos fought back from a one goal deficit to draw the match at the Cape Town stadium.

Those who did not see the game could be forgiven for marking it down as another dreary stalemate. But in reality the match was a lively affair from the kick-off, and the result was not worthy of the entertaining game that took place. Ajax took control of the encounter from the very first minute – monopolising possession and camping in Santos’ territory – and they took a deserved lead in the nineteenth minute after George Maluleka was fouled in the box. Brent Carelse, who led the line for Ajax on Saturday night, stepped up and converted the spot kick easily, but the veteran attacker’s composure seemed to desert him in the rest of the match and he was guilty of missing several clear-cut opportunities. Several other Ajax players also fluffed goal scoring opportunities and the match could have been killed off on several occasions in the first stanza if the Urban Warriors brought their shooting boots along. Ajax Coach Maarten Stekelenberg saw the poor shooting as the only flaw in an otherwise polished display by his players. “I’m quite happy with the performance of the team, because Ajax did very good. We created a lot. The only thing I think we can blame ourselves for is that we didn’t finish the clear opportunities that we created,” said Maarten Stekelenberg. “I think we could have finished the game in the first half and played the game home in the second half.” In the first half Santos seemed powerless to stop the constant flow of Ajax attacks, and they were guilty playing too directly and conceding possession far too easily.” However, Duncan Crowie’s team returned from the half-time break a completely different side and

they leveled the score less than 14 minutes later, after winning a free kick in a relatively innocuous area of Ajax’s half. The ball was floated into the penalty area and Lanky striker Eleazar Rodgers rose highest to head past a helpless Sander Westerveld, into the left corner of the goal. Neither team created any further chances in first half and the score line remained deadlocked until the final whistle. Apart from Ajax’s poor finishing, the other major talking point in the match was the decidedly schizophrenic performance of Santos. Santos Coach Duncan Crowie blamed the poor first half performance on nervousness from his players. “When we came out in the second half and we started playing the ball around I think we gained territorial advantage and we always put the Ajax goal under threat and that is probably why we scored,” said Crowie. “The disappointment of the first half I think I can put that down to the players being too tense. In the second half they relaxed a little bit more and I think that is where we want to start our next game.” Crowie added that a change of tactics in the second half also helped his side to gain a foothold in the game. Ajax will face Amazulu in Kwa-Zulu Natal in their next game on Saturday 11 March in the Nedbank Cup, while Santos will face the University of Pretoria on Wednesday 7 March at Athlone Stadium in the same competition.

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GOAL GETTER: Santos striker Eleazr Rodgers rejoices after scoring in the Cape derby against Ajax Cape Town at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday .Photo: Peter

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